Meet the Counselors
School Counselor, grades Kindergarten-2nd
(770) 232-3271 Office Hours 7:45 am - 3:15 pm
This is currently Ms. Carr's 6th year as a Professional School Counselor within Gwinnett County. She attended undergrad at Albany State University, and received her Masters from Capella University. Ms. Carr is currently receiving her Specialist Degree in School Counseling from Valdosta State University. Prior to becoming a school counselor, she was employed as a teacher’s assistant in DeKalb County, as well as a social service provider across the state of Georgia. All of Ms. Carr's work with youth lead her to become a school counselor so that she could service a greater number of children, and make a positive impact within our community.
Ms. Carr's philosophy of school counseling centers around building relationships with students and families, advocating for student success, and supporting the school community through enthusiasm and empathy.
School Counselor, grades 3rd-5th
(770) 232-3269 Office Hours 7:45 am - 3:15 pm
SST Coordinator & RTI
This is Ms. Byrd's 17th year as a school counselor and her 6th year at Chattahoochee. She has worked in elementary and high school settings. Before beginning her career in education, Ms. Byrd worked in the field of journalism. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia, and a Specialist in Education degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia. Ms. Byrd lives with her husband and twins in Duluth. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, politics, new adventures, and spending time with family and friends. Ms. Byrd also serves as a Board of Trustee for the Gwinnett County Public Library system.
The purpose of Chattahoochee Counseling Connection newsletter is to highlight social emotional learning practices for students, teachers, and parents. Click on the links below to read our bi-weekly newsletter.
For Parents and Students
The counselors have taken on the task of introducting students to mindfulness for the school year. Through mindfulness, students are more aware of their bodies and emotions, as well as how these two are connected to their behavior. With increased knowledge and practice of mindfulness, students are better prepared to tackle their day with positive outcomes.
Connect at Home
Mindfulness can help children improve their abilities to pay attention, to calm down when they are upset, and to make better decisions. In short, it helps with emotional regulation and cognitive focus.
Families can have access to mindfulness exercises and activities to reinforce what is practiced at school.
A toll-free call to 2-1-1 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide critical services that can improve - and save - lives. 2-1-1 is available via phone and online 24/7 to speak with a live agent. You'll find information about:
- supplemental food and nutrition programs
- shelter and housing options and utilities
- emergency information and disaster relief
- employment and education opportunities
- services for veterans
- health care, vaccination, and health epidemic information
- support groups for individuals with mentalillnesses or special needs
- a safe, confidential path out of physical and/or emotional domestic abuse